Ma­rina cash splash

GOV­ERN­MENT TRIPLES FUND­ING FOR PROJECT

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Tyler Brown

CON­STRUC­TION of the long-awaited Ocean Reef Ma­rina is ex­pected to start in 2020 af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment tripled its elec­tion com­mit­ment to pro­vide $40 mil­lion to­wards the project.

Pre­mier Mark McGowan and Lands Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti joined Joon­dalup Mayor Troy Pickard at Ocean Reef Boat Har­bour on Sun­day morn­ing to an­nounce the gov­ern­ment would com­mit $120 mil­lion over the life of the project.

This in­cludes $35 mil­lion to be al­lo­cated in the 2017-18 State Bud­get.

This fund­ing will en­able all plan­ning re­quire­ments and en­vi­ron­men­tal re­views to be fi­nalised and al­low for for­ward works to start. Mr Pickard said the an­nounce­ment was the cul­mi­na­tion of more than 10 years of hard work from the City.

“For over a decade, the City has in­vested sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial and hu­man re­sources on the Ocean Reef Ma­rina project, un­der­tak­ing numer­ous stud­ies, in­ves­ti­ga­tions, com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and the ap­provals re­quired for its de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

“We wel­come the com­mit­ment of the State Gov­ern­ment, which will al­low work on this world-class de­vel­op­ment to fi­nally get un­der way.”

Mr McGowan said the project was “a rare op­por­tu­nity to trans­form ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties into a world-class tourism and recre­ational fa­cil­ity”, pro­vid­ing a boost to jobs in the north­ern sub­urbs.

“It’s ex­pected the new precinct will also have about 1000 new dwellings, en­sur­ing the area will be full of ac­tiv­ity once fully de­vel­oped,” he said.

Ms Saf­fi­oti said the an­nounce­ment showed “just how se­ri­ous” the gov­ern­ment was about “get­ting this project done”.

'Where did they find the money? - KEETHA WILKIN­SON 'Fan­tas­tic news. Thank you to all in­volved. A great project for the re­gion. Would love to see the ocean-fed pool re­main in the master plan and get the thumbs up. Fin­gers crossed. - LES­LEY SOLLY 'Ocean Reef Ma­rina won't just cre­ate jobs, it will gen­er­ate rev­enue to help the gov­ern­ment bal­ance the bud­get over the long term. - FOR­MER NORTH METRO MLC KEN TRAVERS 'Op­por­tu­ni­ties ga­lore. - COLIN TROSS 'Fan­tas­tic, have been wait­ing over 20 years for this. Very ex­cit­ing! - JULIE COLE 'About time, it’s just what we have been af­ter for 25 years... let’s get it started. - MICHELE MCBEATH 'It's Bush For­ever and marine park-en­vi­ron­men­tal van­dal­ism. - SHARON MCARTHUR 'As lo­cals we are so pleased to hear this may fi­nally go ahead! Bring it on! - MARIE EARLEY

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the Ocean Reef Ma­rina.

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